For any job opening you’re applying for, the first thing you require is a great resume.
Human Resource personnel are the people who rely heavily on a resume. They are always looking for ways to filter out candidates as quickly as possible.
Your resume needs to stand out from all the resumes they have received. To make you stand out, we have curated six emerging suggestions to include in a resume to make it attractive.
When you are applying for any job opening, you are counting on your experience and skills and overall personality to land that position. A great resume should showcase your skills, experience that is relatable to the position you’re applying for. Let us check some great suggestions to include in a resume to make it attractive.
1) Use a modern, professional format
Did you check the sample resume image shown above? Looks appealing right! With time everything is evolving. You should always use a nice-looking format for your resume. Become an HR for a few minutes, look at some resume formats and evaluate them. Ask yourself a question: if presented with this resume, would you look at it? If your answer is yes, then go for that format.
You should also make sure that you are not selecting a very colorful and very fancy resume unless the position you’re applying for requires such skills. Go for a resume which is attractive yet professional. Your resume should have less than three colors.
2) Craft your resume for the position you are applying for
If you are sending the same resume for every job profile you are applying for then, my friend it is time to reconsider. If you send the same resume for the same job profile then sometimes it is fine. We suggest you to carefully go through the job description provided by the organization and see if the skills they are looking for are on display in your current resume.
You should include the organization’s needs in your resume. It is possible that the job profile of two different organizations is very similar, but there are some differences.
3) Use appropriate industry keywords when required
If you are a Graphic Designer and searching for an excellent opportunity. Your resume should include skills and industry-standard keywords such as creativity. You should also highlight tools you are familiar with like Adobe Photoshop and others.
Be it any job profile list-down the keywords HR and organizations will look for. Properly include them and don’t stuff keywords. Make sure you have the required skills and experience before you mention any of it in your resume. You can still end up not getting selected for that job profile if you are not able to justify the things you mentioned in your resume during the interview.
4) Make sure it is easy to read
Your resume represents you. To make sure you have a great first impression, you should make your resume carefully. One of the ways to have a good first impression is by creating a resume that is easy to read, free from typing mistakes and grammar mistakes and overall polished.
Put the most recent and most important information on page one. Make use of clear headings. Define how you are fit for the position you are applying for via resume. A professional resume writer Ann Baehr once said, “Do not use an objective. Think of it as a billboard.”
5) Keep things professional
Treat your resume as your LinkedIn profile and not as your Instagram or Facebook profile. It is a professional representation of yours. Do not include a lot of personal information like the reason for leaving the previous job, previous CTC. Don’t share hobbies or interests. Stick to facts about your career.
Talking about facts, showcase your quantifiable achievements. Let’s say; you delivered 10% more performance than your company expected or saved a 5% cost of your client. Your value increases if you show such achievements. Usually, employers assume that future performance can be determined from your past performance and achievements. Showcase how you make a difference.
6) Proofread twice before you send
You must proofread your resume once before sending it out. It is possible that you may find some mistakes in it. Proofreading will also allow you to make minor improvements. After you complete initial proofreading on a screen, you should print it out and then perform further proofreading as our brains will read more carefully compared to when the words appear on a screen.
Sit alone for 5 minutes and read out your resume aloud. It will give you the ability to filter out words and phrases you may have missed otherwise. When your hiring manager asks you the big questions like: “Tell me about yourself” or “Walk me through your resume,” you will be able to answer it more confidently as you have gone through it more than once.
Some other suggestions to include in your resume
Write a concise resume that can showcase your experience, skills and overall personality. Generally, a resume should not be longer than one page but, if you have more experience and certificates, you can use an appropriate amount of space to make it longer. Use what you need to, but do not make it unnecessarily long.
Do not forget to include a nicely written cover letter with your resume. Many HRs may not go through your resume if your cover letter isn’t appealing. Unless it is mentioned in the job description that a cover letter is not required, make sure you include one.
We hope all the suggestions we have shared will help you make your resume more attractive.
Feel free to connect with us in the comments down below if you need any help. We wish you all the best for your next job!